Making A Comeback To Recovery
A relapse is normal during recovery. You can restart your journey of living drug-free in case you have relapsed.
Relapse gets even the most committed and focused patient on their way to recovery.
Feeling great remorse and shame after relapsing is common. Rather than the continuous struggle against dependence and the temptation to reuse, one may opt to cave in.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has made an announcement that the relapse rates during the process of recovery are in the region of 40 to 60%.
Notwithstanding the setback, this should be treated as an opportunity to regroup and re-evaluate the plan in order to bounce back stronger and better. By delving deeper into the root causes of the relapse you will be laying the foundation for a recovery which will ensure that you bounce back stronger than ever.
The Determining Factors Of Relapse
Although unfortunate, relapsing after spending considerable amount of time being sober is fairly common. No fewer than 50 percent of recovering addicts experience a momentary lapse of reason and consume alcohol or drugs once again.
Being able to recognize the usual precursors that lead to the habit proves very helpful in avoiding this dilemma.
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An upcoming relapse may exhibit some signs, which can include the following
- Remaining Clean Is Not A Big Issue To You
- One may get tempted to go back and start using alcohol if they are not 100% willing to recover from the addiction.
- The readiness to struggle fervently for abstinence is necessary for victory.
- You must attend each and every session of personal or group therapy or support group meetings, besides taking professional help for any psychological conditions, like depression.
- Lack Of Social Backing
- A sober individual who has recently completed his or her recovery program to have a solid support network from the very onset because this can prove to be the difference between continued recovery or relapsing back into addiction.
- It is paramount during rehabilitation to belong to a 12-step therapy.
- Join support groups consisting of other recovering and fully-recovered addicts, participate in positive, healthy activities like meditation classes, and seek help and support from your loved ones.
- Not Being Committed To Being Sober
- Some patients were just talked out and forced to rehab without really having the clear intentions for themselves to get well.
- It is quite easy for someone to go back to drinking ways if they were not committed to the being sober in the first place.
- Not Having A Plan After Being Sober
- One needs to know how they plan on carrying on with their life after they have recovered so that they are not tempted to get back to alcohol.
- There are many factors that can affect you after you have recovered and you need to plan on how you will overcome them and stay sober for the rest of your life.
- The ability to immediately recognize a trigger can mean relapse and live another day of being sober.
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What To Do After Relapsing
This is however not the case where the condition became worse and you have to report back and continue with the recovery process.
Upon reaching a decision regarding the treatment you should provide deeper emphasis for the therapy and in particular, cognitive-behavioural therapy [CBT] which has proven successful in teaching recovering addicts new behavioural responses to distorted thinking. In addition to the improved emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you can also supplement other therapies like music, yoga, and even exercise routines.
Your condition needs to be assessed so that you know if you are supposed to return to the facility for treatment or not. You probably don't need to undergo rehab in case it was a one-off slip and you are hundred percent committed to not let it happen again.
It should be imperative that your sole focus when undergoing rehabilitation post-relapse is only your total recovery. One effective way of increasing your odds in recovering fully and avoid relapse is checking in a sober living home. After exiting from rehab, you need to have a plan already on how you are going to conduct your life.
Reach Out For Help That You Need
There is always assistance for a person that is trying to stop the addiction to alcohol and even the people that are coming from rehab can be assisted to adjust to the new life. Sign up to post-rehab care that matches all your needs in order to maintain the clean-living and achieve full recovery.